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Having a child being excluded from school or college is a worrying time for any parent. Understanding your child’s rights and your responsibilities in this area, is important to ensure the minimum possible disruption to your child’s education.

An exclusion of your child must be carried out lawfully. Informal exclusion, sometimes called a ‘cooling off period’, is unlawful. Any disruption to a child’s education must follow the procedure set out in the school or college’s exclusion policy so that an appeal can be mounted if merited.  

Research shows that children with special educational needs (“SEN”) are disproportionately likely to be excluded from school. We don’t believe that this is right, particularly because schools are under a duty to avoid excluding pupils with SEN or an Education Health and Care Plan (“EHC Plan”) as far as is possible. We are here to support and advise you through this difficult process for you and your child to ensure they can continue their education.

Our specialist team can assist you and your child with advice and representation in relation to your child’s exclusion. We can help with:

  • Fixed term exclusions
  • Permanent exclusions
  • Appeals to  the school’s governing board, to the Independent Review Panel or a judicial review claim
  • A Tribunal appeal if there are discrimination allegations
  • Informal exclusions
  • Children at risk of exclusion
  • Identifying and securing alternative arrangements for your child’s education
  • Isolation

Having a child who has been excluded or is at risk of being excluded is a difficult and stressful time for any parent. Specialist legal advice may be key in resolving these issues. We provide an initial telephone conversation free of charge so please contact us on 01926 354 704 or

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Team Members

Ceri Mawson
Trainee Solicitor
Debbie Anderson
Solicitor | Director | Head of The Health and Community Care Team
Sonal Lala
Senior Solicitor

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